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Passenger numbers at Brisbane Airport continue to increase with more than 5.7 million international and domestic passengers travelling through BNE in the first quarter of FY14, a growth of 1.8 per cent or nearly an additional 100,000 additional passengers compared with first quarter FY13.

International Review

Brisbane Airport has had a strong end to the first quarter of FY14 with international passenger numbers rising by 5.8 per cent year on year.

Brisbane Airport Corporation CEO and Managing Director, Julieanne Alroe, said, “The growth in international travellers is a real turnaround from last year and a result of the additional seat capacity and attractive airfares on offer.”

New services or additional frequencies were offered by airlines including Hawaiian Airlines, Etihad Airways, Qantas, Malaysia Airlines, Garuda Indonesian and Philippine Airlines.

Milestones for the quarter include:

–        A new monthly international passenger record in July 2013 of nearly 423,000 passengers, surpassing the previous record of two years ago by nearly 5,000 travellers.

–        The highest rate of international passenger growth since March 2012 (when Queensland was recovering from the floods) in August (+9.1 per cent).

–        A record number of Australian passport holders through the International Terminal in September (over 212,000), eclipsing the previous record set during the Rugby World Cup by almost 10,000 travellers.

The source markets driving the strong growth were: Australian residents (+10 per cent), China (+22 per cent), Singapore (+37 per cent), Indonesia (+43 per cent), India (+17 per cent), Hong Kong (+25 per cent), Malaysia (+20 per cent), United Arab Emirates (+72 per cent) and the United Kingdom (+2 per cent).

International outlook for second quarter:

–        Another influx of travellers from Britain is expected in November for the Ashes Cricket Test.

–        End of year ‘schoolies’ travel is also expected to boost passenger numbers towards the end of the year.

–        Additional seats will be on offer by Qantas, EVA Air and China Airlines from December 2013 with China Southern boosting capacity in November.

–        The first Emirates A380 flights which commenced on 2 October have been welcomed and heartily embraced by travellers with strong forward bookings reported.

Domestic Review

Brisbane Airport achieved a year-on-year increase of 0.6 per cent in domestic passengers, up 27,200 passengers to over 4.4 million for the quarter.

Airlines offered over 320,000 additional seats compared with first quarter of FY13 with four out of five extra seats added to intrastate routes such as Roma, Moranbah, Gladstone and Townsville.

Lower growth in passengers than growth in seat capacity is attributed to airfare increases, subdued consumer and business confidence and a preference for outbound travel.

Domestic outlook for second quarter:

–        Domestic capacity growth is expected, with Jetstar adding more flights to Mackay, Melbourne and Sydney and launching a new route to Hobart and Virgin Australia introducing a new twice-weekly Cloncurry-BNE service at the end of November.

–        Stronger consumer and business confidence in recent months should also translate to recovery in demand.

Brisbane Airport Traffic Performance – First quarter FY14 

Q1 FY14 Q1 FY13 Year-on-year growth
International arrivals and departures 1,244,500 1,170,200 6.3%
Transits, transfers (outbound) 47,500 51,200 -7.2%
Domestic-on-carriage 5,600 4,800 16.7%
Total international passengers 1,297,600 1,226,200 5.8%
Domestic arrivals and departures 4,410,500 4,383,300 0.6%
Total passengers 5,708,100 5,609,500 1.8%

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